Light Up Downtown CantonLight Up Downtown, the annual holiday ELFstravaganza in downtown Canton, is happening on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5:30-8:30 pm. Presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Light Up Downtown provides fun for the whole family, as 16 city blocks come alive with holiday-themed attractions, entertainment, refreshements and fun for children of all ages. This year's Light Up will feature Christopher Pop-In-Kins, every child's favorite elf, in a musical main stage show that is sure to light your spirits. In addition, the show will feature community musical and dance acts, fantastic fireworks, and a very special visit from Santa. More than 100 local performers will take to the stage along Market Square (301 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton). The event pre-show, sponsored by Mix 94.1, will run from 5:30-6:00 pm, with the stage show and fireworks immediately following. After the show concludes, families can walk up and down Market Avenue, as local businesses open their doors to provide live entertainment, refreshments and activities. Street Closings and Parking: Light Up Downtown will run until 8:30 p.m. and will be held snow, rain or shine. Market Avenue will be closed from 7th Street S. to 6th Street N. to vehicle traffic from 4:30 to 10 p.m. There will be plenty of free parking, both on-street and in the Timken High School and Stark County District Library parking lots, as well as parking in various decks and lots throughout downtown for a nominal fee, including: Millennium Parking Deck, located on the west side of Walnut Ave., between 2nd and 3rd St.; City Centre Parking Deck, located at 120 Cleveland Ave. S; and New Market Deck, located at 233 Market Ave. S. Hat and Mitten Donations: During the event, the Canton City Fire Department will distribute hats and mittens to children in need. Donations of new children's hats and mittens should be dropped off at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, or other downtown Canton locations, between now and the Light Up event. Visit for a list of all donation locations. Event sponsors include Key Bank along with AEP Ohio, Aultman, Quonset Hut, the City of Canton, Kenan Advantage Group, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, H-P Products, Lowe's Home Improvement, Chit Chat Coffee Shoppe & Cafe, Metro PCS, Motter & Meadows Architects, The Repository, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480WHBC AM and PPI Graphics. Visit for more details. Light Up Downtown is also on Facebook. About Christopher Pop-In-Kins™ and Imaginatives® Christopher Pop-In-Kins, written and published in 1985 by Flora Johnson of Atwater, Ohio, is the award winning story of Santa's "very first Children's Elf." Imaginatives is the creative team behind Christopher Pop-In-Kins. Located in Alliance, Ohio, Imaginatives specializes in the development, marketing and distribution of children's books and toys. For more information, visit Christopher Pop-In-Kins online at